March 11, 2021
Submitted by the AAJA Photojournalists Affinity Group. Charis Hill is a disability activist advocating for the COVID-19 vaccine rollout to be prioritized for high risk people under 65. Photo by Salgu Wissmath, a recent graduate from Ohio University and Voices alumni, for the San Francisco Chronicle. Salgu captures the identity of people in the LGBTQ community through their lens. Find more of their work here.
  • HQ Updates statements from AAJA-HQ and our chapters
  • Upcoming Events & Resources Pacific Islander Task Force's panel, a new collective dedicated to local journalism
  • #AAJAKudos & Member Bylines
  • Opportunities Apply for Voices 2021, check out AAJA's scholarships page!
AAJA-HQ Updates
AAJA offers its support and resources to journalists impacted by layoffs
In light of recent mass layoffs—such as those that occurred at Sinclair Broadcast Group and Huffington Post—AAJA remains dedicated to supporting members impacted with its resources that include its network of media professionals and career center.
AAJA calls on Condé Nast to ensure its commitment to Asian American and Pacific Islander communities and employees In light of the controversy over past tweets of the incoming Teen Vogue editor in chief, AAJA and our Young Professionals Network call on Condé Nast to publicly, forcefully and concretely show its commitment to fair, accurate and comprehensive coverage of Asian American and Pacific Islander (AAPI) communities, and to ensure a safe and inclusive workplace for its AAPI employees. Read the full statement here.

AAJA-Asia Calls for Myanmar Authorities to Release Detained Journalists AAJA and its Asia Chapter (AAJA-Asia) call on Myanmar authorities to release all journalists detained for reporting on anti-coup demonstrations and to drop all charges against them immediately. Read the full statement here.

AAJA Philly encourages local news organizations to include more AAPIs in pandemic coverage As the Philadelphia region nears the one-year anniversary of the first local COVID-19 cases and shutdowns, and amid escalating anti-Asian racism nationwide, AAJA-Philly is encouraging news organizations to cover the effects of the COVID-19 pandemic on Asian American and Pacific Islander (AAPI) communities. Read the full statement here.

A final Lunar New Years celebration
Happy Lunar New Year from AAJA-SF President Cecilia Lei In normal times, right around Lunar New Year, we’d likely be gathered together in San Francisco Chinatown for our annual spring banquet, toasting to the Year of the Ox, shaking hands and passing dishes back and forth. We wish this is how we could’ve kicked off the new year and introduce ourselves—your new AAJA-SF Bay Area board—to all of you. Read Cecilia's full message here.

#AAJA21 Planning is underway!
Continue to send us your ideas on what you'd like to see at this year's convention by April 5. Submit pitches here.
📓 Resources
March 12 Tohoku Earthquake 10 Year Anniversary, presented by the Japanese American Museum of San Jose, featuring AAJA-PAG's Darrell Miho. Register here.

ICYMI: Pacific Islander Journalism Task Force's first panel was hosted on March 1. Watch the recording here.

The Information Equity Database from the Online News Association's resources center helps journalists engage communities that are typically under- or misrepresented in their reporting. Find it here.

Audio journalists? Follow the SoundPath, a new digital training platform from the Association of Independents in Radio (AIR). Find it here.

Tiny News Collective wants to allow anyone to create a newsroom. It provides tools, resources and commonwealth of knowledge to help people build sustainable news organizations that reflect and serve their communities. Check it out here.

KQED published an analysis and recommendations following their examination of diversity, inclusion and equity in its operations. Read its findings here.

Ianne Salvosa, co-editor-in-chief of her high school paper, writes about how anti-Asian hate crimes might make anti-racism into a trend. Read the piece here.

The Commonwealth Club's webinar, "Addressing Anti-Asian Violence" recap, written by AAJA-SF board member Sarah Belle Lin. Read the thread here.
📅 Upcoming AAJA Events
March 18 | Think Public Media Networking Session
Join AAJA and Think Public Media to discover career paths in radio, television, podcasting and digital media. Think Public Media is the most well-known outlet focused on public interest and mission-driven reporting in the country, focusing on stories that impact Americans in their day-to-day lives. During this meet and greet, learn about producer, on-air, and other newsroom opportunities with public media’s family (NPR, PBS Newshour, and more). This virtual reception has information and opportunities for folks at all levels of their careers who are looking to make a difference. Register here.
March 12 | Yung AAJA
Town Hall on Teen Vogue Join Yung AAJA in a space for discussing and exploring this topic as a community. Register here.

March 13 | AAJA-Seoul
The Guide to Korea's Justice System Connect with Korean law experts who will present tips and resources on how to process legal cases when reporting Register here.

March 15 | AAJA-HQ
AAJA Scholarship Info Session Get an inside look at the scholarship process from past scholarship winners, AAJA staff, and one of our generous donors. The session is perfect for students, parents, and educators. Register here.

March 16 | AAJA Philly & Yung AAJA
The spring stress buster with Dr. Noel Ramirez AAJA-Philly is hosting an event for members to discuss strategies for managing pandemic-level workloads, preserving mental health & avoiding burnout. Find out more information here.

March 17 & March 21 | AAJA's The Space
AAPIs Under Attack If you’ve been affected by the ongoing racism or having to cover it in your work, join fellow journalists & AAJA members who can relate to what you’re going through in this moment of heightened anti-Asian violence for an off-the-record conversation facilitated by journalists turned licensed therapists. Register for the March 17 session here and the March 21 session here.

March 18 | Yung AAJA
Yung AAJA Networking Event Join our younger AAJA members as they engage in a night of round-robin networking and forge new connections! Register here.

April 17, May 15 | AAJA- HQ, Women and Nonbinary Voices Affinity Group, AAJA At-Large, AAJA Plus
Embrace Cultural Confidence, a series of three mental health workshops customized for AAPI journalists that focuses on mindfulness, identity, and resilience. ICYMI: The first session is available to rewatch here (if you'd like to view it email for the password). Or, register for an upcoming session here.

March 29 | AAJA-NY Save the Date
AAJA-NY Book Club with Richard Lui, moderated by Euny Hong AAJA-NY presents its fourth book club with broadcast journalist and author of Enough About Me Richard Lui, moderated by Euny Hong, a journalist and thrice-published author.

April 2 | AAJA-LA Save the Date
AAJA Founders Forum Five of AAJA's six founders discuss how and why they started AAJA, challenges in building the organization into a national network and thoughts on where AAJA and Asian American journalism might go next. It will be moderated by David Ono of ABC7.
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On Our List📺📸📰 🎧
Follow us on Twitter @aajaofficial for more works on our radar from the AAJA community.
  • Column: How did a home built for Japanese American seniors become the state’s deadliest nursing facility? by Frank Shyong, The Los Angeles Times
  • It’s a Myth That Asian-Americans Are Doing Well in the Pandemic by Amy Yee, Scientific American
  • Why Some Asian Americans Are Staying Silent About the Ongoing Hate Crimes by Shanon Maglente, Good Housekeeping
  • Losing generation of activists who fought racism proves need for Asian American studies by Claire Wang, NBC News
  • As schools reopen, Asian American students are missing from classrooms by
  • Moriah Balingit, Hannah Natanson and Yutao Chen, The Washington Post
  • The Racism Virus: Anti-Asian Attacks Surge by Vicky Nguyen, NBC News
  • A broadcast special led by AAJA powerhouses: Stop the Hate: The rise in violence against Asian Americans anchored by Juju Chang and Eva Pilgrim, with Cefaan Kim, Dion Lim, Zareen Shah, Nydia Han, ABC News
  • “No healing without the truth”: How a federal commission could help America understand systemic racism by Rachel Ramirez, Vox
  • The state of doula care by Ashley Nguyen, The Washington Post's The Lily
AAJA Opportunities
Visit AAJA Careers or follow @AAJACareers on Twitter for up-to-date careers, internships, and more.

  • Apply to be a VOICES fellow or support our student fellowship program by applying to be a VOICES editor. Voices serves as a multimedia journalism training fellowship for college and graduate students, as well as a leadership program for young journalists. Apply here.
  • Apply to Join the Convention Planning Committee by March 15 We are seeking enthusiastic members to help us shape the #AAJA21 experience by building sources, sessions and workshops to empower our members and bolster our #AAJAFamily. Consider applying if you are an active and engaged member with bold ideas and want to gain leadership and management skills alongside a group of change-makers. Apply here.
  • AAJA-Sacramento 2021 Internship with The Sacramento Bee AAJA-Sacramento is sponsoring a paid 10-week internship program with The Sacramento Bee for aspiring journalists. Apply by March 15. Find more information and apply here.
  • Various AAJA scholarships are now open to applicants. Learn more about available opportunities and access our general scholarship application form on our website.
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